My husband requested his favourite cake to eat while watching Strictly Come Dancing ... we know how to live on a Saturday night !!
Always happy to oblige when it comes to baking .. I set to. The intention is to freeze half for another day!! we'll see ..
COFFEE AND WALNUT CAKE
Makes 12 pieces
FOR THE SPONGE
300g soft butter
300g caster sugar
4 large eggs (beaten)
300g self raising flour
100g walnuts (chopped)
1 tbsp very strong espresso coffee (cooled) or use 4 heaped tsps of instant with a tbsp hot water
FOR THE ICING
150g soft butter
300g icing sugar
1 tsp milk
1tbsp coffee (as above)
12 walnut halves
PREHEAT OVEN TO 190 oC /170oC FAN
Grease and line 2 nine inch sandwich tins
Beat the butter and sugar until really light and fluffy, great if you have a mixer, if not .. beat like mad !!
Add and beat in the eggs, a little at a time
Now fold in 100g of the flour, to prevent curdling
Fold in the coffee mix and the milk, then the rest of the flour
Finally fold in the chopped walnuts
Divide the mix between the two tins and bake for 25 minutes until the sponges are golden and risen and spring back when lightly pressed on top
Leave to cool completely
To make the icing...
Beat together all the ingredients until really light and fluffy
Sandwich the two sponges together with half the icing and spread the rest on top
Decorate with the walnut halves
EAT !! OR cut in half and wrap and freeze half for another time.....